1996 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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Nominee Bill Clinton Bob Dole Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Reform
Home state Arkansas Kansas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Jack Kemp James Campbell
Electoral vote 9 0 0
Popular vote 927,837 712,586 123,293
Percentage 52.01% 39.94% 6.91%

Parish Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1996 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place on November 5, 1996. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Louisiana was won by President Bill Clinton (D) by a margin of 12.07%, a major increase from the statewide results in 1992 when he carried the state by a margin of 4.61%.[1] Clinton won most of the parishes and congressional districts, and dominated among the rural areas.

Louisiana was in this era generally more competitive than the rest of the Deep South due to its large black population and a sizeable minority of white Blue Dog Democrats. It is also very racially divided, with whites voting Republican and blacks voting Democratic. Clinton was able to carry 33 percent of white voters, which threw the state toward his column.[2] Despite such a sizeable margin, Louisiana was the only state that Clinton won by more than a 2.4 point margin which wasn't called by news networks for him as soon as the polls closed.

This election also marked the end of Louisiana as a competitive state in federal elections, as further years saw the state's political alignment more closely resemble those in other, nearby Deep South states like Mississippi and Alabama, as well as in tandem with Arkansas, Clinton's home state; rural, Democratic-voting cultural conservatives began siding with the Republican Party. Clinton's 927,837 votes is the most received by a Democratic presidential candidate in the state's history.

As of the 2020 presidential election this is the last time Louisiana supported a Democratic presidential candidate, as well as the last time a Democrat carried the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Iberia, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Saint Bernard, Saint Charles, Saint Martin, Saint Mary, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Feliciana, and Winn.

Results

1996 United States presidential election in Louisiana[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Democratic Bill Clinton of Arkansas Al Gore of Tennessee 927,837 52.01% 9 100.00%
Republican Bob Dole of Kansas Jack Kemp of New York 712,586 39.94% 0 0.00%
Reform Ross Perot of Texas Pat Choate of Washington, D.C. 123,293 6.91% 0 0.00%
Libertarian Harry Browne of Tennessee Jo Jorgensen of South Carolina 7,499 0.42% 0 0.00%
Green Ralph Nader of Connecticut Winona LaDuke of California 4,719 0.26% 0 0.00%
Constitution Howard Phillips of Virginia Herbert Titus of Oregon 3,366 0.19% 0 0.00%
Natural Law John Hagelin of Iowa Mike Tompkins of Massachusetts 2,981 0.17% 0 0.00%
Workers World Monica Moorehead of Alabama Gloria LaRiva of California 1,678 0.09% 0 0.00%
Total 1,776,259 100.00% 9 100.00%

Results by parish

Parish William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic
Robert Joseph Dole
Republican
Henry Ross Perot
Reform
Harry Edson Browne
Libertarian
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[3]
# % # % # % # % # % # %
Acadia 12,300 51.41% 9,246 38.64% 2,234 9.34% 40 0.17% 107 0.45% 3,054 12.76% 23,927
Allen 4,960 55.89% 2,589 29.18% 1,187 13.38% 38 0.43% 100 1.13% 2,371 26.72% 8,874
Ascension 15,263 51.91% 10,885 37.02% 3,027 10.30% 65 0.22% 160 0.54% 4,378 14.89% 29,400
Assumption 6,416 62.83% 2,698 26.42% 904 8.85% 65 0.64% 129 1.26% 3,718 36.41% 10,212
Avoyelles 9,689 59.04% 4,433 27.01% 1,937 11.80% 89 0.54% 262 1.60% 5,256 32.03% 16,410
Beauregard 4,925 39.40% 5,526 44.21% 1,834 14.67% 96 0.77% 118 0.94% -601 -4.81% 12,499
Bienville 4,335 58.71% 2,402 32.53% 457 6.19% 108 1.46% 82 1.11% 1,933 26.18% 7,384
Bossier 15,504 43.82% 16,852 47.63% 2,660 7.52% 141 0.40% 225 0.64% -1,348 -3.81% 35,382
Caddo 55,543 55.89% 38,445 38.69% 4,821 4.85% 180 0.18% 390 0.39% 17,098 17.20% 99,379
Calcasieu 38,238 51.91% 26,494 35.97% 8,281 11.24% 213 0.29% 435 0.59% 11,744 15.94% 73,661
Caldwell 2,117 46.44% 1,842 40.40% 514 11.27% 39 0.86% 47 1.03% 275 6.03% 4,559
Cameron 2,103 50.70% 1,365 32.91% 594 14.32% 30 0.72% 56 1.35% 738 17.79% 4,148
Catahoula 2,692 52.11% 1,770 34.26% 615 11.90% 39 0.75% 50 0.97% 922 17.85% 5,166
Claiborne 3,609 53.55% 2,500 37.10% 530 7.86% 41 0.61% 59 0.88% 1,109 16.46% 6,739
Concordia 4,565 52.38% 3,134 35.96% 855 9.81% 78 0.90% 83 0.95% 1,431 16.42% 8,715
De Soto 6,221 59.13% 3,526 33.52% 646 6.14% 55 0.52% 72 0.68% 2,695 25.62% 10,520
East Baton Rouge 83,493 48.93% 77,811 45.60% 7,990 4.68% 436 0.26% 917 0.54% 5,682 3.33% 170,647
East Carroll 2,149 63.00% 1,008 29.55% 186 5.45% 24 0.70% 44 1.29% 1,141 33.45% 3,411
East Feliciana 4,714 56.11% 2,949 35.10% 660 7.86% 16 0.19% 62 0.74% 1,765 21.01% 8,401
Evangeline 7,847 52.83% 5,278 35.53% 1,447 9.74% 100 0.67% 182 1.23% 2,569 17.30% 14,854
Franklin 4,076 45.29% 3,961 44.01% 814 9.04% 61 0.68% 88 0.98% 115 1.28% 9,000
Grant 2,980 40.87% 3,117 42.75% 1,055 14.47% 52 0.71% 88 1.21% -137 -1.88% 7,292
Iberia 15,087 50.35% 12,014 40.09% 2,448 8.17% 196 0.65% 220 0.73% 3,073 10.26% 29,965
Iberville 9,553 64.20% 4,031 27.09% 1,076 7.23% 68 0.46% 151 1.01% 5,522 37.11% 14,879
Jackson 3,368 47.66% 3,030 42.88% 571 8.08% 36 0.51% 62 0.88% 338 4.78% 7,067
Jefferson 80,407 43.59% 92,820 50.32% 9,667 5.24% 504 0.27% 1,068 0.58% -12,413 -6.73% 184,466
Jefferson Davis 6,897 53.29% 4,311 33.31% 1,543 11.92% 72 0.56% 120 0.93% 2,586 19.98% 12,943
Lafayette 32,504 43.65% 36,419 48.91% 4,631 6.22% 348 0.47% 566 0.76% -3,915 -5.26% 74,468
Lafourche 18,810 52.84% 12,105 34.01% 3,984 11.19% 309 0.87% 388 1.09% 6,705 18.84% 35,596
LaSalle 2,543 39.09% 2,925 44.96% 947 14.56% 28 0.43% 63 0.97% -382 -5.87% 6,506
Lincoln 7,903 49.85% 6,973 43.98% 761 4.80% 117 0.74% 101 0.64% 930 5.87% 15,855
Livingston 13,276 38.94% 16,159 47.39% 4,150 12.17% 188 0.55% 322 0.94% -2,883 -8.46% 34,095
Madison 3,085 60.91% 1,591 31.41% 315 6.22% 26 0.51% 48 0.95% 1,494 29.50% 5,065
Morehouse 6,160 49.31% 5,193 41.57% 963 7.71% 71 0.57% 106 0.85% 967 7.74% 12,493
Natchitoches 8,296 54.69% 5,471 36.06% 1,053 6.94% 127 0.84% 223 1.47% 2,825 18.62% 15,170
Orleans 144,720 76.20% 39,576 20.84% 3,805 2.00% 554 0.29% 1,256 0.66% 105,144 55.36% 189,911
Ouachita 24,525 42.58% 28,559 49.59% 3,586 6.23% 466 0.81% 458 0.80% -4,034 -7.00% 57,594
Plaquemines 5,348 49.53% 4,493 41.61% 856 7.93% 29 0.27% 71 0.66% 855 7.92% 10,797
Pointe Coupee 6,835 60.32% 3,545 31.28% 845 7.46% 34 0.30% 73 0.64% 3,290 29.03% 11,332
Rapides 23,004 46.07% 21,548 43.16% 4,670 9.35% 351 0.70% 358 0.72% 1,456 2.92% 49,931
Red River 2,641 61.48% 1,344 31.28% 268 6.24% 23 0.54% 20 0.47% 1,297 30.19% 4,296
Richland 4,143 46.50% 3,965 44.50% 645 7.24% 61 0.68% 96 1.08% 178 2.00% 8,910
Sabine 4,263 47.33% 3,543 39.34% 1,043 11.58% 59 0.66% 99 1.10% 720 7.99% 9,007
Saint Bernard 14,312 46.33% 13,549 43.86% 2,664 8.62% 134 0.43% 233 0.75% 763 2.47% 30,892
Saint Charles 10,612 49.61% 9,316 43.55% 1,307 6.11% 38 0.18% 120 0.56% 1,296 6.06% 21,393
Saint Helena 3,692 65.83% 1,455 25.95% 417 7.44% 18 0.32% 26 0.46% 2,237 39.89% 5,608
Saint James 7,247 67.46% 2,832 26.36% 608 5.66% 15 0.14% 41 0.38% 4,415 41.10% 10,743
Saint John the Baptist 9,937 58.28% 6,025 35.34% 966 5.67% 41 0.24% 82 0.48% 3,912 22.94% 17,051
Saint Landry 20,636 58.21% 12,273 34.62% 2,311 6.52% 75 0.21% 158 0.45% 8,363 23.59% 35,453
Saint Martin 12,492 60.33% 6,296 30.41% 1,607 7.76% 112 0.54% 199 0.96% 6,196 29.92% 20,706
Saint Mary 12,402 54.95% 8,018 35.53% 1,850 8.20% 136 0.60% 163 0.72% 4,384 19.42% 22,569
Saint Tammany 24,281 32.58% 44,761 60.06% 4,741 6.36% 251 0.34% 492 0.66% -20,480 -27.48% 74,526
Tangipahoa 18,617 49.53% 15,517 41.28% 3,144 8.36% 100 0.27% 213 0.57% 3,100 8.25% 37,591
Tensas 1,882 60.73% 1,000 32.27% 176 5.68% 12 0.39% 29 0.94% 882 28.46% 3,099
Terrebonne 18,550 51.02% 13,944 38.35% 3,359 9.24% 203 0.56% 305 0.84% 4,606 12.67% 36,361
Union 4,260 44.64% 4,418 46.30% 696 7.29% 57 0.60% 112 1.17% -158 -1.66% 9,543
Vermilion 12,609 55.64% 7,653 33.77% 1,954 8.62% 194 0.86% 251 1.11% 4,956 21.87% 22,661
Vernon 6,195 44.36% 5,449 39.02% 2,068 14.81% 94 0.67% 160 1.15% 746 5.34% 13,966
Washington 9,603 53.28% 6,642 36.85% 1,643 9.12% 61 0.34% 74 0.41% 2,961 16.43% 18,023
Webster 9,688 55.31% 6,153 35.13% 1,324 7.56% 168 0.96% 184 1.05% 3,535 20.18% 17,517
West Baton Rouge 5,697 58.14% 3,254 33.21% 799 8.15% 13 0.13% 35 0.36% 2,443 24.93% 9,798
West Carroll 1,853 38.90% 2,366 49.66% 461 9.68% 29 0.61% 55 1.15% -513 -10.77% 4,764
West Feliciana 2,416 53.62% 1,616 35.86% 388 8.61% 28 0.62% 58 1.29% 800 17.75% 4,506
Winn 3,779 50.64% 2,803 37.56% 735 9.85% 47 0.63% 99 1.33% 976 13.08% 7,463
Totals 927,837 52.01% 712,586 39.94% 123,293 6.91% 7,499 0.42% 12,744 0.71% 215,251 12.07% 1,783,959

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "1996 Presidential General Election Results – Louisiana". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  2. ^ "CNN AllPolitics Election 1998 - 1992 Exit Polls".
  3. ^ "LA US President Race, November 05, 1996". Our Campaigns.